Saudi Aramco recently reached maximum production capacity at its Haradh gas plant less than six months after the facility's inauguration. Production at the plant, which is part of the Kingdom's Master Gas System, was increased gradually from 0.45 to 1.6 billion standard cubic feet per day. Tests have been conducted on the gas wells as well as on the plant’s equipment, the safety of plant design, and construction efficiency.
Test results confirmed the findings of geological studies of the gas reservoirs feeding the plant and demonstrated the accuracy of analyses conducted by Saudi Aramco geologists. The successful production-capacity tests reinforce Saudi Aramco's position as a reliable producer of energy both locally and internationally. The Haradh Gas Plant constitutes a significant addition to the Master Gas System in Saudi Arabia, increasing the system's overall capacity by 25 percent. The Kingdom’s national economy will benefit as gas flows from east to west across the Kingdom, through a 600-mile-long pipeline. Gas will be pumped at maximum capacity to factories and desalination plants in the Red Sea industrial city in Yanbu, creating more jobs and productivity at all levels. The Haradh Gas Plant is one of the most environmentally friendly plants of its kind anywhere. From the design stage onwards, the company set ambitious goals to assure that production and progress at the facility went hand-in-hand with a clean environment.
Meanwhile, Saudi Aramco's website www.saudiaramco.com has received a 2003-2004 Golden Web Award in recognition of its "creativity, integrity and excellence on the Web." This is the second year in a row that the company has won the award, which is presented by the Florida-based International Association of Webmasters and Designers.